The Church of St. Joseph
Adult Education Committee
The Adult Education Committee (AEC) is a committee of the Lifelong Faith Formation Commission (LFFC). The role of the AEC is to identify, implement, and evaluate the religious faith educational needs of our adult parishioners. The AEC will coordinate their activities with the LFFC with the goal of achieving the key objectives outlined annually by the Lifelong Faith Formation Commission and the goals established by the Parish Council.
1. Coordinate the identification and evaluation of all current parish adult enrichment
· Map out and maintain awareness of all parish adult enrichment opportunities
· Measure and evaluate the outcomes of current opportunities
2. Coordinate the identification and evaluation of all parish faith formation needs for our post high school age members.
· Select a survey method
· Develop survey questions
· Conduct survey and collate results
3. Establish enrichment opportunities that address survey results
· Identify and prioritize potential enrichment opportunities
· Research what other local catholic churches are providing and identify areas of collaboration
· Determine budgetary needs for these enrichment opportunities
4. Collaborate with the Lifelong Faith Formation Commission.
· Collaborate with the LFFC in the annual planning process by presenting recommended enrichment opportunities
· Assist the LFFC in selecting opportunities that will benefit our adults
· Participate on short-term task groups as appropriate to available time, individual talents and personal interests.
· Provide regular updates on AEC activities and adjust committee activities as directed
5. Oversee the implementation of any opportunities selected and evaluate their effectiveness.
· Recruit parishioners to coordinate and support enrichment opportunities
· Set calendar of events
· Promote, conduct registration, and evaluate each opportunity offered.
1. A registered, participating member of the Church of St. Joseph, post high school age or older.
2. Commitment to understand and collaboratively facilitate achievement of the parish mission and goals for the common good of the parish.
3. Ability and desire to participate in respectful dialogue that supports consensus decision-making.
4. Ability to observe confidentiality when required.
Membership of the AEC
1. Membership on the committee will be guided by an executive leadership sub-group (includes the LFFC representative to the AEC or the AEC representative to the LFFC, the AEC Chairperson, the AEC Vice Chairperson, and the AEC recorder) of the AEC. This executive leadership group will be identified annually at the start of the fiscal year (in July) by consensus of active AEC members. The AEC will include, as a minimum, one member of the LFFC who will report on AEC activities at the regular scheduled commission meetings.
2. The AEC is a standing committee of the LFFC. Although no formal term lengths are established, the committee is encouraged to recruit new members on an annual basis.
1. Executive leadership will attend a monthly planning meeting as scheduled (1 hour preparation + 1.5 hour per meeting).
2. General membership time commitment will depend on areas of interest within the committee and personal availability of time to commit to committee responsibilities.
3. Participate on special purpose sub-committees, as required.
Expectations of Committee Membership:
1. Exercise confidentiality in sensitive areas, as communicated by leadership.
2. Be respectful of others and their opinions, especially those in opposition of yours.
3. Communicate in sync with the committee’s position and tone when interacting with our community.
4. Participate in a manner that observes the meeting time relative to the agenda, and relative to the number of participants (all members encouraged to participate equally).
5. Be objective! No hidden agendas. You are the voice of the parish.